SOURCE: Lauren Innovations

Lauren Innovations

November 09, 2015 13:30 ET

Ohio Technology Company Launches K-12 Mobile Safety App to Quickly Help Account for Students During Emergencies

Featuring Class Rosters and Secure Communication Alerts, App Fosters Enhanced Communication Among Staff

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH--(Marketwired - November 09, 2015) - Ohio-based safety technology company, Lauren Innovations, announces the launch of NaviGate Respond, a new K-12 mobile safety app designed to quickly help ensure students are accounted for during a school emergency.

Available on administrator, teacher and staff mobile devices, the mobile app features a user-friendly dashboard that provides school personnel the ability to instantly view building and class roster information that is synced with the school's Student Information System (SIS). Personnel can reference the total number of students enrolled in the school, the total number of students in each class, specific class rosters for individual classes, and a breakdown of how many students are unaccounted for within the building as well as within each class.

Additionally, personnel can also view the names of the students who are unaccounted for and, if a student is with them, quickly account for them. This is also extremely helpful for first responders. Upon arriving on the scene, administrators and teachers can immediately inform responders exactly who is missing or unaccounted for in each class so responders can act accordingly.

"Unfortunately, a fire, natural disaster or bomb threat, for example, can unexpectedly hit a school at any time and students may not be in their designated classroom when it does," said Jim Hummel, President, Lauren Innovations. "They could be in the hallway on their way to another class, in an administrative office, or at recess or lunch. With the NaviGate Respond app, any teacher responding to the emergency who may help rush a student to safety can easily account for that student within the dashboard. The update will be viewable by all other staff members and staff can thus communicate the update to first responders."

The app also features a fast and highly secure alert communication system that is designed to quickly and easily send messages to staff during an emergency, fostering improved communication among school personnel. Alerts can be sent from administrators to specific individuals or to the entire school staff. If needed, staff members have the ability to send a direct response back to the administrator.

The NaviGate Respond app is also intended for use during crisis preparedness training drills. It is part of the cloud-based NaviGate Prepared® school safety crisis preparedness and emergency response system, which is connected to first responders and authorized users 24/7 to better prepare and assist them before, during and after a crisis.

NaviGate Prepared offers real-time access to a school's imperative safety information and gives first responders an 'eyes on' view of the information - from safety planning documents, building maps and floor plans to 360-degree images and live video feeds. By using NaviGate Prepared, school administrators can effectively organize safety information in one easy-to-access location that is always available through a web-connected device, unlike a computer- or paper-based system.

In addition to the new NaviGate Respond app, NaviGate Prepared also features an accompanying mobile flipcharts app that gives instant access to a school's emergency protocol flipcharts - and was recognized as a 2015 Campus Safety BEST Award winner by Campus Safety magazine.

"NaviGate Respond is truly a one-of-a-kind technology," Hummel adds. "After thorough research and development, our team found there is simply nothing else on the market today that offers the ability to account for students the way this technology does. Most competitive offerings require staff members to send text messages about missing students. NaviGate Respond simplifies that. It's fast, easy, requires only one click and provides valuable information instantly to all who need it."

For more information on NaviGate Prepared and the technology's new NaviGate Respond mobile app, which is available for download on both Apple and Android devices, visit www.navigateprepared.com.

NaviGate Prepared has been implemented in hundreds of school districts throughout the nation. It is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

About NaviGate Prepared®

NaviGate Prepared® is a proven school safety emergency response system designed to assist and prepare school officials and first responders for crisis situations. The secure, cloud-based platform offers 911 dispatch centers and emergency personnel real-time Internet access of a school's facility and safety information before, during and after a crisis. Developed by Ohio-based Lauren Innovations, NaviGate Prepared is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit www.NaviGatePrepared.com.

About Lauren Innovations

Lauren Innovations is dedicated to the development and enhancement of technologies and services that contribute to a safer and more secure society. Headquartered in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Lauren Innovations is a subsidiary of Lauren International and is backed by 50 years of experience and expertise. The company's flagship, cloud-based product family, NaviGate, is designed to increase operational and data efficiency - helping organizations plan for the unexpected, meet compliance regulations, make better decisions and access critical information more efficiently. For more information, visit www.LaurenInnovations.com or call 866-861-7400.

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